Politics uses sports analogies way too much but I'm going to use one anyway in regards to American football playoff games. Often the team (McCain) who wins their game (primary) first and has more rest ends up losing to the other team (Obama) that has been running full speed, in top form right into their next match up (the general election). The idea being that too much rest makes a team rusty, over-confident and lazy. I don't think that McCain used all the time he had before the kick-off of the general campaign to do as much as he could to set up solid bases and ground games in swing-states.
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